Downtown San Diego Partnership Members:

Membership fuels the work of the Downtown Partnership. Thanks to your investment and involvement as an active member, we are better equipped to advance our mission of promoting an economically prosperous and culturally vibrant Downtown.   

In 2021, we conducted a membership findings report where we surveyed other Downtown Partnership’s comparable to our structure and budget. From this research, we found that our organization is leading the industry in several ways and would also benefit from making a few adjustments with an overall focus on driving growth and implementation of organizational best practices. 
 
To ensure we are continuing to be on the forefront of membership-based organizations, the following five changes were recommended from our research findings, presented to the Officers, Membership & Events Committee, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors, and given full support to be implemented at the start of our new fiscal year – July 1, 2022.  
 
One change we would like to draw your attention to so your organization can make plans for the new fiscal year is the annual dues rate increase. The Downtown Partnership has not raised membership dues in over ten years, since 2012, and will be implementing a 5% increase to the current membership rates effective on July 1, 2022. 
 
The additional items are listed below. To view the complete details and overview of the changes, here.  
 
  • ADHERE TO A SCHEDULE FOR REASSESSING MEMBERSHIP RATES 

  • ADD NEW MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES TO INCREASE VISIBILITY & ENGAGEMENT AMONG THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS COMMUNITY 

  • RENAME THE CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES AND DEFINE FINITE QUALIFICATIONS THAT DETERMINE RATES AND PROVIDE GUIDANCE AT WHICH A COMPANY SHOULD CONSIDER JOINING 

  • PROVIDE THE SAME BASELINE BENEFITS TO ALL MEMBER LEVELS WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS AND REFINE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF COMPANIES AT VARIOUS LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP, À LA CARTE BENEFITS & SPONSORSHIPS WILL BE OFFERED 

  • REDEFINE THE OUTSTANDING PAYMENT SCHEDULE, CANCELLATION OF BENEFITS & REESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A MEMBER ONBOARDING AND OFFBOARDING PROCESS 
 
We thank you in advance for your understanding and support and look forward to providing the services and benefits you value as a dedicated and active member of our organization. 

As always, please do contact us with questions you may have.  
  
Warm regards,  

Betsy Brennan 
President & CEO 
Chanelle Hawken 
Chair of the Board of Directors 
Kaitlin Payne 
Senior Vice President
Membership & Events 
The Downtown San Diego Partnership’s mission is to promote an economically prosperous and culturally vibrant Downtown.